A Dr. Who Christmas (aka Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise)

Yesterday, my friend Katie, my brother and I all exchanged Christmas presents. There were lots of surprises on all sides which is why I thought it would be perfect for today’s photo challenge.

This first photo is of Katie’s present from my brother and me:

I won’t tell you what was in her present quite yet. It will be your Christmas tutorial surprise! I’ll post it later. Her gift bag, wrapping paper, and two of the gifts were made by me :) You’ll just have to wait and see!

This photo is her amazing present to me:

YES!!! That is an exclusive David Tennant bookmark from ElloKaitlin Creations, a sonic screwdriver that writes invisible messages and tickles, AND British chocolate. Oh the amazing surpriseness!! I had no idea what she was making and was completely surprised :D

The rest of our day was spent playing/dying in Spelunky, watching a 2/3 Lord of the Rings Marathon (we didn’t get to see Return of the King because of a funeral), and exploring the woods in the rain. It was a great day full of Christmas surprises and weather surprises. A good day indeed.

Here are some rain shots:

It was raining and we got wet. But @ellokaitlin was happy so that's what counts.

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Nature. Wet nature but still nature.

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This nature was already wet so it didn't care about the rain.

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@ellokaitlin trying to fall off a tree.

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UPDATE 12/25/2012:

These are the links to the Christmas Surprise Tutorials :)

  1. Mustache Wrapping Paper
  2. Ombre Bleach Tee
  3. Mustache Mug
  4. Merry Christmas Gift Bag

Merry Christmas!!!!!


Shock face :O

Woah. It’s been a while since I last posted. Stuff’s happened. You know how it goes. Anyways, major shock face to come back and see that my views had jumped wayyyyyy up while I wasn’t posting. I’m not sure what happened, but apparently someone (lots of someones) really liked my post on embroidery in WWII called Beauty from Horror. I had completely forgotten writing it. :O

Some of the stuffs that have happened: First major thing is that I got a job!!! (skip if you don’t want to read about my accounting nerd stuff ;)) I’ll be an Expatriate Tax associate at BDO. Basically, my job will involve calculating and minimizing the amount of tax individuals living/working abroad need to pay the US and foreign governments. Filing out FBAR and Form 8938. *sigh* I’m so excited!!! Work starts on January 28, 2013, so I’ve still got some time to wait. Most people say “What?!?! Why do you have to wait so long??” I always respond “LONG?? That’s early! Most people have to wait a year before starting with a public accounting firm after getting hired.” I don’t know why it is that way, but that’s the way things work. Probably because I was a campus hire. I think experience hires get to work much sooner. I digress.

I’ve also been doing some volunteer work for the African Children’s Project. I don’t know a ton about Nonprofit accounting, but I do know how to organize the books. It’s been so much fun! My friend Melanie founded the organization a few years ago and is in Kenya right now drilling the first well for the site. Once the well is drilled, the village can be built and the HIV/AIDS orphans will have a home. Then they can go to school and break the cycle of poverty. Here’s the official description: “We build community-based, family-style homes in Kenya from which we provide compassionate, holistic, long-term care for children who have been orphaned as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.” :) We’re praying for water to be hit soon!

Other news, I found a really old computer (like Windows XP with Word 98) and got all my poetry off of it. It’ll be posted soon. I’ve learned to play xbox with my brother. Netflix viewing has increased. I went to Norfolk and made more bleach tees. I’ve taken more nail pics, but have been slack on posting. And…….

Oh yeah! Books. I’ve been reading a lot :D I read the Hunger Games trilogy in three days time. Not much sleep haha. I also read Game of Thrones. A friend recommended it. Not so great. I mean, there was a really awesome story hidden underneath. The language and sensual content was WAY more than I could stand. I had every intention of reading the set, but by the end I was so sick of it that the books went back to the library. The book Wicked was the same way. People were raving over it and I was so disgusted that I put the book down about halfway through. Ugh. Now I’m on to Harry Potter. It’s just so fantastic and I’ve never read them straight through before.

And I think that’s it. There is this game called Quelf that’s pretty awesome, but I’ll let you look that one up on your own.

Stuff and stuff about stuff and accountability

Basically this post is of the things I want to get done this week. I think maybe if I post about it, I will have some motivation to actually finish….. or not and then apologize later. Apologizing is tiring though. Trust me, I do it a lot so I know these things haha :)


  • Keep on time with Photo Challenge posts
  • Post my Business Nail Tutorial (It’s just sitting there with pictures and no words)
  • Finish the Lost Circle Books by Ted Dekker… I’m on Chaos with two left to go
  • Start Hunger Games?? (possibly)
  • Write my thank you emails… never been good at that *frowns*
  • Make at least one new nail tutorial
  • Finish my tankini… right now it’s a bikini and I am so NOT comfortable with it staying that way haha
  • Hang my diplomo
  • Finish Alex’s minecraft house.

So that’s it. The last one will be the easiest because that’s what I really really want to do after church today, but the rest… maybe. I want to do all of them in one way or another, but sitting down to do them is the hard part. Do you know what I mean???

[day 8] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Yes, I know I’m late… again. It’s a flaw I have. I’m really good at something for a short period of time (unless I love it and then I try to be good all the time… accounting for instance or math. I love math.) and then I tend to get slow or distracted. Mostly distracted :) ANYWAYS, today’s picture is not actually a picture I took. It’s a picture to a game that my brother is in the process of downloading for us to play. And Chuck Norris because Chuck Norris jokes are awesome :)

Day 8:

I already play minecraft (which I’ve been playing most of the day) and Alex is downloading Slenderman for us to play now. Soooo yeah, this is my day 8 picture :)

[day 7] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Sooo I know that I’m like 45 minutes late, but in my defense recruiting went AMAZING. I’m actually excited about interviews and socials now :D

Picture time. I’m designing a house for my brother in minecraft so here are a few pictures from that :)

Day 7:


Both the one above and the one below are of the red bedroom. Alex’s favorite color is red so I basically had to do this room.



I know this next one is blurry but forgive the focus issues please.





Ta da! Minecraft house :) Not even close to finished, but for a few hours, it seems like nice work. It’s not too late to join in the posting. You can tweet, comment, link, pingback, instagram,or facebook to share your pictures. I would love to see them!

Randomness because I felt like posting ;)

I’ve been doing random things in my vacation time. Recruiting begins next week and there are so many things left to do! I bought the Hunger Games trilogy yesterday so that needs to be read. (Before you slam me for having not read it yet, I was in grad school with a full load and studying for the CPA exam. Slack is deserved.) Tomorrow I want to make a glow-in-the-dark nail tutorial, because I found this really great neon green paint that promises glowification. Hopefully, I can rig up a way to record a video for you to go with the pictures and instructions. Harry Potter still hasn’t been read. AND I’m making my own swimsuit. I might post pictures of that if things turn out well. As of right now, I have some stitching to take out tomorrow. Sadness.

So things and stuff and things about stuff. I’m sure there is a balance between enjoying vacation and getting things accomplished, but I haven’t found it yet. Mostly I’ve just watched Sherlock, Dr. Who, Robin Hood, White Collar, and Psych on Netflix. And played Minecraft. Played a lot of Minecraft. Oh wells. This always happens so I should just keep trying, I suppose. Whatever gets done tomorrow, you will have a glow-in-the-dark nail tutorial, provided there are no natural disasters or unexpected tragedies. I do have an expected tragedy, but that is a whole other post that probably won’t be written. Just sayin’. That’s about it for now.

Ohhhhhh, and this is the picture I’ve been meaning to share with you:

It’s my face :) Now I’m done.

Batman via Twitter

I’ll try to take pics so you can see how we made them. The inspiration tees are pinned under Geeked, if you want to check them out :) Have you ever made a bleach tee before?

Update: The tutorial for the bleach tees I made are here. And yes, one says “Cause I’m Batman” in a deep raspy amazing voice :D

To the mine! [insert epic theme music here]

Two of my favorite time wasting games on the computer are Minecraft and Terraria. Equally addictive, they both have a main premise of getting treasure. Minecraft was created first and is 3D, while Terraria is 2D. Both have zombies at night and encourage deep underground digging. I’m not sure what is so addictive about it, but I think it has something to do with the randomly generated sense of adventure.

They also encourage creativity. Minecraft is the most creative. Homes, sculptures, sky-high designs, redstone contraptions…. pretty much anything you can think of can be built in Minecraft. Both have multiplayer capabilities for those socially inclined people. And now I sound like a game promoter. I’m NOT though. Just really like playing around! And here’s a clip of some minecraft:

Soooooo I will now have to make a video to give you a better idea of minecraft…. or you could just search on your own for them since my posting skills are rather sporadic ;)

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